GAP Satellite Workshop – Mental Representation, Mechanistic Explanation…

/*GAP Satellite Workshop*/

*Mental **Representation**, Mechanistic Explanation **& Situated

Friday, 21st September 2018

(subsequent to the main GAP10 program from 17. – 20.09.2018)

University of Cologne, Seminargebäude

The single-day workshop brings together young researchers from the
DFG-funded Graduiertenkolleg on “Situated Cognition” and experts working
on issues concerning 4-E cognition. We will tackle central
meta-questions as well as discuss core applications of 4E-approaches.
Meta-questions that will be addressed in the workshop concern the nature
and role of mental representations in cognitive processing, the
causation/constitution distinction in accounts of extended cognition,
and the compatibility of extended cognition and mechanistic explanation.
As application cases, we will focus on the relevance of situatedness for
social and moral cognition.

*Keynote speakers:*

Louise Antony (Amherst)
Leon de Bruin (Nijmegen, Amsterdam)
Beate Krickel (Bochum)
Richard Menary (Macquarie)

*Further speakers: *

Lasse T. Bergmann (Osnabrück)
Matej Kohár (Bochum)
Jumana Morciglio (Osnabrück)

Participation is free but space is limited. Therefore, please send us an
email to register: ***
For more information visit: (see “GAP Satellite Workshop”)

*Scientific organizationin the context of DFG-Graduiertenkolleg Situated
Prof. Dr. Albert Newen (Bochum), Prof. Dr. Achim Stephan (Osnabrück),
Dr. Beate Krickel (Bochum)

2nd Conference of DFG-Research Training Group “Situated Cognition”

2nd Conference of the DFG-Research Training Group “Situated Cognition”

22-23 June 2018, Ruhr-University Bochum (DE)

Situated Approaches to Social Understanding, Emotion, and Meaning

CALL for registration

A collaboration between Ruhr-University Bochum and University of Osnabrück

Keynote speakers:

Elizabeth S. Spelke*(Psychology, Harvard)

Giovanna Colombetti (Philosophy, Exeter)

Barbara Kaup (Linguistics, Tübingen)

Further speakers:

*Alexander Bergs*(Osnabrück)

*Judith Martens*(Bochum)

*Albert Newen*(Bochum)

*Achim Stephan*(Osnabrück)

*Markus Werning*(Bochum)

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*Call for registration: *

If you would like to attend, please send an email to: <>

*Scientific organization: *

Albert Newen, Julia Wolf, Samantha Ehli and Beate Krickel
(Ruhr-University Bochum)

Achim Stephan (University of Osnabrück)

CreaCogMod 2018 – Computational Methods and Systems…

CreaCogMod 2018 – Computational Methods and Systems for the Cognitive Modelling and Support of Creativity and Creative Problem Solving

The workshop “Computational Methods and Systems for the Cognitive Modelling and Support of Creativity and Creative Problem Solving” is part of the CogSci 2018 – the 40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, to be held in Madison, WI on Wednesday, July 25th – Saturday, July 28th, 2018 (Wednesday, July 25th is the Tutorials and Workshops day).
Link to the CreaCogMod 2018 workshop: <>



Computational creativity and human creativity are fields modelled with different processes, and evaluated with different methods. To bridge this interdisciplinary divide, we need to: disseminate and refine existing computational methods for modelling cognitive processes, aim to implement more cognitive processes in computational creativity systems, and set benchmarks of comparative evaluation between cognitive human and computational systems.
Various computational methods might lend themselves better to modelling cognitive processes – for example semantic networks might help model associativity processes, case base reasoning might help model cognitive structured representations which admit variations, etc.
Furthermore, various (a) computational models of cognitive process or (b) systems aiming at replicating cognitive process results do exist: e.g. for analogy, metaphor, concept blending and concept invention, insight etc. Also, various systems exist that can perform well in human creativity tests, like the Remote Associates Test and the Alternative Uses Test. Other such computational cognitive systems show new possibilities in the improving control over current experimental design.

In this workshop we will discuss existing computational methods, systems and models, focusing on questions like the following:

what computational methods are more suitable for implementing computational models of creativity and problem solving, and computational systems supporting creativity and problem solving
what types of support can natural cognitive systems benefit from when performing creative problem solving and other creative acts
what kind of computational support has been offered so far, what kind of computational support can be offered with the existing techniques and approaches
to what extent computational methods must get closer to simulating or modeling cognitive process to make cognitive support possible


CreaCogMod welcomes papers on one or more of the general topics of Cognitive and Computational methods, creative problem solving and computational creativity. Both theoretical, computationally applied and empirical papers will be accepted. We especially welcome papers which aim to bring together some of these topics.

Topics are centered around but not limited to:

Cognitive methods and Computational methods
Creative problem solving
Computational Creativity
Associativity and Conceptual Spaces
Semantic networks and semantic graphs
Case based reasoning
Ill structured problem solving
Structured representations
Knowledge discovery
Creative cognition
Creativity tests
Evaluation of natural and computational cognitive systems
Neural networks
Evolutionary algorithms
Creative assistive systems
Modelling of creativity and problem solving

Two types of papers are welcome:
Full research papers up to 10 pages in LNCS format + references.
Poster abstract submissions – up to 5 pages in LNCS format (including references).
For formats, please visit our CFP webpage on our website.

Submission is open now via EasyChair <> (<>).

For any problems related to submission please contact Ana-Maria Olteteanu (email: ana-maria dot olteteanu at fu-berlin dot de).


The papers submitted for this workshop will be published as a CEUR-WS volume. If enough high quality papers are received, a Special Issue will be proposed by the organizer to the Cognitive Systems Research journal, or a topic proposal will be made to TopiCS in Cognitive Science.

Important Dates

Submission of abstracts for full research papers – 1st June, 2018.
Submission of full papers and poster abstracts – 15th June, 2018.
Notification of acceptance – 25th June, 2018.
Camera ready version – 1st July, 2018


Prof. Ashok K. Goel – Professor of Computer Science and Cognitive Science in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology

Prof. Sebastien Hélie – Associate Professor of Mathematical and Computational Cognitive Science, Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience at the Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University

Dr. Yoed Kenett – Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania

Prof. Kai Wang – Assistant Professor of Management at the Kean University

To read more about their talks:<>


Program Committee – More to be added soon!

Agnese Augello, Istitito di Calcolo e Reti ad Alte Prestazioni
Anna Jordanous, University of Kent
Antonio Lieto, University of Turin
Ashok K. Goel, Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Interactive Computing
Boris Forthmann, University of Münster
Carlos Leon, Complutense University of Madrid
Enric Plaza, IIIA-CSIC, Barcelona
Geraint Wiggins, Queen Mary University of London
Jim Davies, Carleton University
John Gero, George Mason University
Kai Wang, Kean University
Liane Gabora, University of British Columbia
Maria M. Hedblom, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Mark Runco, University of Georgia
Richard Hass, Philadelphia University
Sebastien Helie, Purdue University
Yoed Kenett, University of Pennsylvania

Neural-Symbolic Learning and Reasoning (NeSy) 2018

== Neural-Symbolic Learning and Reasoning (NeSy) 2018 @ HLAI 2018 ==

Executive Summary:

– What: 13th Intl. Workshop on Neural-Symbolic Learning and Reasoning
– When: August 23/24, 2018
– Where: Prague, CZ
– Website:
– Collocated with: Human-Level AI 2018 (

== Keynote Speakers ==

– Hava Siegelmann, DARPA & University of Massachusetts Amherst.
– Paul Smolensky, Johns Hopkins University & Microsoft Research
– Luciano Serafini, Fondazione Bruno Kessler.
– Thomas Lukasiewicz, University of Oxford
– Simo Dragicevic, CEO, BetBuddy Ltd.

== The Workshop ==

Artificial Intelligence researchers continue to face huge challenges in
their quest to develop truly intelligent systems. The recent developments
in the field of neural-symbolic integration bring an opportunity to
integrate well-founded symbolic artificial intelligence with robust neural
computing machinery to help tackle some of these challenges.

The Workshop on Neural-Symbolic Learning and Reasoning is intended to
create an atmosphere of exchange of ideas, providing a forum for the
presentation and discussion of the key topics related to neural-symbolic

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

– The representation of symbolic knowledge by connectionist systems;
– Neural Learning theory;
– Integration of logic and probabilities, e.g., in neural networks, but
also more generally;
– Structured learning and relational learning in neural networks;
– Logical reasoning carried out by neural networks;
– Integrated neural-symbolic approaches;
– Extraction of symbolic knowledge from trained neural networks;
– Integrated neural-symbolic reasoning;
– Neural-symbolic cognitive models;
– Biologically-inspired neural-symbolic integration;
– Applications in robotics, simulation, fraud prevention, natural language
processing, semantic web, software engineering, fault diagnosis,
bioinformatics, visual intelligence, etc.

== Presentation ==

Accepted full and late breaking papers will be presented during the
workshop. The workshop will include extra time for discussion of the
presentations allowing the group to have a better understanding of the
issues, challenges, and ideas being presented.

== Publication ==

Accepted full papers will be published in a post-workshop volume of the
IfCoLog Journal of Applied Logic (JAL). For the inclusion of accepted late
breaking papers, a second in-depth review will be required following the

== Submission Format ==

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit original papers that
have not been submitted for review or published elsewhere:

Authors of contributed papers are encouraged to use the LaTex article
style, a 12pt font, and to submit a paper with no more than 12 pages plus
Papers should be submitted as electronic attachments in pdf format by email
to the College Publications managing director, Ms Jane Spurr (
The email message should include the author(s) names and affiliations, the
title of the paper and the name of the NeSy’18 co-chair best suited to
handle the submission. Please use the phrase “NeSy18 JAL submission” in the
subject line.

== Important Dates ==

Deadline for full paper submission: June 11, 2018
Notification of acceptance/rejection (full papers): July 5, 2018
Deadline for late breaking paper submission: August 1, 2018
Notification of acceptance/rejection (late breaking papers): on continuous
basis, latest by August 8, 2018
Workshop dates: August 23-24, 2018

== Additional Information ==

General questions concerning the workshop should be addressed to Tarek R.
Besold at

Spatial Cognition 2018: Doctoral Colloquium

Call for Submissions: Doctoral Colloquium
Spatial Cognition 2018 <>
Conference dates: 5-8 September 2018
Location: Tübingen, Germany

Submission deadline: 25 May 2018


Spatial Cognition is a biennial conference concerned with the acquisition, organization, and utilization of knowledge about spatial objects and environments, be it real, virtual, or abstract, human or machine. Spatial Cognition comprises research in different scientific fields insofar as they are concerned with cognitive agents and space, such as cognitive psychology, linguistics, computer science, geography, philosophy, or education. Research issues in the field range from the investigation of human spatial cognition to mobile robot navigation, including aspects such as wayfinding, spatial planning, spatial learning, internal and external representations of space, and communication of spatial information. SC 2018 will bring together researchers working on spatial cognition from all of these perspectives.

The goal of the Spatial Cognition 2018 Doctoral Colloquium is twofold. Firstly, the colloquium will provide senior graduate students and recent Masters and Doctoral graduates with the opportunity to present their research in a short (20 minute) talk format. Established researchers will provide feedback and comments on each of the presentations. Secondly, the colloquium will provide students with an opportunity to network with each other as future colleagues.

In previous Spatial Cognition Doctoral Colloquia, lively and useful discussions have  enabled students to receive suggestions about their on-going research and allowed more experienced participants to hear some fresh ideas and view some of the new trends in the field.

Participants will be selected for the Graduate Symposium based on the submission of an abstract describing their research (see the Submission section). Submissions will be peer reviewed. Participants may submit for both a poster during the regular conference and for a talk at the Doctoral Colloquium. Doctoral colloquium presentations will be listed in the conference program but will not be published in the proceedings (and hence may be published elsewhere).


Submissions should be brief abstracts of the work, describing the theoretical motivation for the work, the primary methods, and a short summary of the results. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words. Submissions that focus on any aspect of spatial cognition research are welcome. Each student may only submit one abstract.

The abstract must be submitted by emailing them to the Chair of the Doctoral Colloquium, Liz Chrastil by

25th May 2018

Send abstracts to: chrastil     {[AT]}

Please include “Doctoral Colloquium Submission” in the subject line

Questions may be directed to the same email

1st Interdisciplinary Conference on “The Open Self – Investigating…“

Call for Papers and Posters: 1st Interdisciplinary Conference on “The Open Self – Investigating the Boundaries of the Self: Bodily, Social and Technological“, Technical University of Berlin, 5-7th September 2018

Theme: Where do I end, where do you begin? Understanding the human self remains one of the greatest research challenges of our time. One of the most vexing issues in this respect has to do with the boundaries of the self. This interdisciplinary conference investigates the challenges and opportunities of an open and distributed perspective on the human self, thereby exploring how neural, bodily as well as environmental (intersubjective, cultural and technological) components contribute to the generation and maintenance of the self’s boundaries.

Our speakers to date include:
Anthony Chemero, Giovanna Colombetti, Karl Friston, Shaun Gallagher, Verena Hafner, Sara Heinämaa, Hazel Rose Markus , Alva Noë, Wolfgang Tschacher

Conference Topics:
– philosophical, phenomenological and other theoretical or formal perspectives emphasizing an open and distributed outlook on the self
– the development of the self and the dynamics of stability and change
– synthetic approaches to the bodily and relational self
– neuroscientific accounts of the self in social and technological interaction
– experimental research on the relation between agency and intersubjective processes as well as technology (e.g. wearable or VR).

Please see the conference website for more details: <>

More information on the conference program and how to register will be published soon on the website.

Call for Papers and Posters
We are accepting submissions of abstracts for papers (20min oral presentations) or posters. The submission of abstracts should include:
1.         The title of the proposed contribution
2.         Indicate whether the proposal is for a poster or an oral presentation (please indicate if you would be willing to present a poster if your oral presentation is not accepted)
3.         The name(s) of the authors, together with affiliation(s) and phone number(s)
4.         The abstract should not exceed 300 words and must highlight how your research relates to the conference theme.

Please submit your proposals to <> (subject: abstract OpenSelf)

Abstract submission deadline: 1 June 2018
Notification of acceptance: 15 June 2018

Scientific Organisation
Dr. Miriam Kyselo (TU Berlin)
Dr. Laura Galbusera (TU Berlin)

2nd Conference of DFG-Research Training Group “Situated Cognition”

2nd Conference of the DFG-Research Training Group “Situated Cognition”

22-23 June 2018, Ruhr-University Bochum (DE)

Situated Approaches to Social Understanding, Emotion, and Meaning

CALL for papers and posters – EXTENDED DEADLINE

A collaboration between Ruhr-University Bochum and University of Osnabrück

Keynote speakers:

Elizabeth S. Spelke (Psychology, Harvard)

Giovanna Colombetti (Philosophy, Exeter)

Barbara Kaup (Linguistics, Tübingen)


Further speakers:

Alexander Bergs (Osnabrück)

Judith Martens (Bochum)

Albert Newen (Bochum)

Achim Stephan (Osnabrück)

Markus Werning (Bochum)


Call for papers and posters:

We invite the contribution of papers and posters on the topics of situated approaches to social understanding, emotion, and meaning, and on the topic of situated cognition in general.

Submissions for paper presentations should consist of an abstract with no more than 1000 words. Submissions for a poster presentation should consist of either an abstract with no more than 600 words or a poster.

Please submit your paper, poster or abstract in EasyChair (see link below), indicating in the submission title if it is meant to be a poster presentation (“poster only”), a paper (“paper only”) or a paper that might also be considered for a poster presentation (“paper or poster” – Submitted papers thus marked may be considered also for poster presentations should the maximum number of papers have already been accepted.)

The extended deadline for submissions is 23rd May 2018.

Authors of accepted papers or posters are eligible for financial travel support. Please check our website for details.


Call for registration:

Please send an email to:


Scientific organization:

Albert Newen, Julia Wolf, Samantha Ehli and Beate Krickel (Ruhr-University Bochum)

Achim Stephan (University of Osnabrück)

Virtual Environments: Current TOpics in psychological Research (VECTOR)

Dear fellow scientists, dear colleagues,

submissions and registrations for the 2nd workshop on “Virtual
Environments: Current TOpics in psychological Research” (VECTOR) are now
open. The workshop will be held at the Leibniz-Institut für
Wissensmedien in Tübingen from July 25th to July 27th. Participation is
free. The 2nd VECTOR Workshop is generously supported by the
Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, the Centre of Integrative
Neurosciences, and the University of Tübingen.

The 2nd VECTOR workshop will bring both experts and young scientists
together to discuss the prospects of virtual reality (VR) technologies
for psychological experiments, therapies, trainings, and immersive user
experiences. The workshop focuses on the combination of VR applications
and Serious Gaming, but we welcome everyone who is interested in the
application of VR technologies. VECTOR will be a forum to present and
discuss recent results, ongoing work and new technologies, and foster
interdisciplinary collaboration. Aside from talk and poster sessions,
there will be keynote presentations by renown VR researchers (Giuseppe
Riva, Marta Ferrer-García, Valerie J. Shute, Mareike Gooßes).
Furthermore, we will explore the practical implementation of VR in
different tutorial sessions.

If you want to present your work, or if you have a suggestion for your
own tutorial, you can send us your abstract via:
Deadline for submissions is 29th of April. On the website, we are also
suggesting some topics as an orientation for your contribution.
No matter whether you would like to submit a contribution or if you are
just interested in VR and want to attend the workshop, please register via:
There are no costs for you (and we use your mail address only for
information about the workshop), but we need the number of participants
for our organization.

We are looking forward to your contributions and we would be delighted
to welcome you at the 2nd VECTOR workshop.

with kind regards,
Johannes Lohmann, Philipp Schroeder, Manuel Ninaus, Tobias Meilinger,
Korbinian Moeller, Christian Plewnia, Martin Butz

Organizational Committee of the 2nd VECTOR Workshop 2018
Also visit the VECTOR Homepage:

Cognitive Structures: Linguistic, Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives

Full Title: Cognitive Structures: Linguistic, Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives (CoSt18)

Date: 12-Sep-2018 – 14-Sep-2018
Location: Duesseldorf, Germany
Contact Person: Conference Organizer
Meeting Email: <>
Web Site: <>

Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Philosophy of Language; Psycholinguistics

Extended Call Deadline: 15-May-2018

Meeting Description:

The DFG Collaborative Research Centre 991: The Structure of Representations in Language, Cognition, and Science (D¸sseldorf, Germany) invites abstracts for its biannual conference that aims to cover a broad range of research on language and cognition.

We are especially interested in theoretical, empirical and experimental work exploring the nature of mental representations that support natural language production/understanding, other manifestations of cognition as well as general reasoning about the world. One fundamental question raised in this general topic area is whether the requisite knowledge structures can be adequately modeled by means of a uniform representational format, and if so, what exactly is its nature.

Invited Speakers:

– Inbal Ben-Ami Bartal (University of California Berkeley)
– Nicola Guarino (ISTC-CNR)
– Peter Hagoort (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
– Daniel Hole (Universität Stuttgart)
– Friederike Moltmann (Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique)
– Albert Newen (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
– Kjell Johan Sæbø (University of Oslo)
– Luc Steels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Final Call for Papers:

Extended Deadline For Submitting Abstracts: 15 May 2018

Submissions are welcome from any area within cognitive science, including linguistics, computer science, philosophy, psychology, artificial intelligence and neuroscience. Accepted participants will be allotted 30 minutes to present and 10 minutes to answer questions. Accepted participants will be invited to submit their papers for the conference proceedings.

Topics addressed may include, but are not limited to, the following:

– Frames, which have had a strong impact on the exploration of knowledge representations in artificial intelligence, psychology and linguistics: e.g., formal theories of frames (including their modeling by means of DAGs, AVMs), frame semantics and constructions, frame induction, linking frame semantics to truth conditional semantics

– Concepts and categorization: formation/acquisition of concepts, concept types and shifts, grounding of concepts, prototypes, concept empiricism, conceptual spaces and similarity of concepts, statistical concepts

– Experimental investigation of mental representation

– Semantic interpretation and mental representation: the syntax/semantics interface, compositionality, lexical semantic decomposition, (dynamic) representation of aspect and tense, temporal sequencing in discourse

Guidelines for Submission:

Abstracts must be anonymous, in PDF format, maximally 800 words, excluding bibliographical references. Data should be incorporated into the main text of the abstract, not on a separate page.

All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by at least two reviewers. Abstracts should not include the authors’ names, and authors are asked to avoid self-references.

Use the EasyChair platform for the submission of abstracts: <>

Submission Contact: <>

Important dates:

Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 May 2018
Notification of acceptance: 15 June 2018
Conference: 12-14 September 2018

KogWis 2018, Darmstadt

KogWis 2018: 14th Biannual Conference of the German Cognitive Science
Centre for Cognitive Science, Technische Universität Darmstadt
S1|05: Hörsaal 122, Maschinenhaus, Magdalenenstraße 12
Darmstadt, Germany, September 3-6, 2018

KogWis 2018 will be held in Darmstadt, Germany, and invites submissions
of extended abstracts on current work in cognitive science. Generally
all topics related to cognitive science are welcome. Contributions that
address the focus of this meeting, that is, computational cognitive
science are particularly encouraged. Computational approaches to
cognitive science emphasize formalizing adaptive and intelligent
behavior and have strong ties to machine learning and artificial

Call for Presentations and Posters

We call for extended abstracts for oral presentations and for posters.
Submissions should be written in English, and be formatted according to
the formatting guidelines below. Contributions must be submitted by 20
April 2018 via the EasyChair submission webpage:

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by members of the review
committee. Acceptance will be based on novelty of research, significance
of results, and quality of presentation. Accepted abstracts will be
published in the online conference proceedings. All accepted
contributions must be presented at the conference. So at least one
author must register by the early registration deadline or the
contribution will not be included in the program.

The best submissions to KogWis 2018 will be selected for oral
presentation at the conference.

Important Dates
Main conference: 03 – 06 September 2018
Submission deadline for extended abstracts: Friday, 20 April 2018
Notification of acceptance (presentations or posters): Monday, 28 May 2018
Early registration deadline: Monday, 02 July 2018
PhD Student Workshop Deadline: Monday, 23 July 2018

Submission Guidelines

Before you log onto the submission website, you should have the
following items ready:
1) title,
2) author list (including email addresses and affiliations of all authors),
3) abstract (400 words), and
4) two-page PDF submission.

Submissions that do not meet the following guidelines may be rejected.

Abstracts will be evaluated on the basis of the two page (A4 or US
Letter) submission in PDF format. This two-page PDF should contain:
4.1) title – 100 characters or fewer (including spaces), capitalized in
4.2) author list (including email addresses and affiliations of all authors)
4.3) 400-word abstract – brief description of the study’s primary
findings, emphasizing their significance, generality, novelty and
relevance. This abstract will be included in the conference program if
your submission is accepted.

Additional Detail – use the remaining space to expand upon the central
question(s), approach, results, and/or conclusions of the study. You may
include equations as appropriate. Figures are optional. You need not
touch upon all the major points of the abstract, but should aim to
include whatever detail will best help reviewers to evaluate the
significance of your study.

Font size (including any figure legends) must be at least 11 point.
Margins should be at least 0.5″. This two-page PDF will be the only
document seen by reviewers. (Files exceeding two pages will have
additional pages removed). Submissions that do not meet these guidelines
may be rejected.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Darmstadt,
Constantin Rothkopf, Dirk Balfanz, Ralf Galuske, Frank Jäkel, Kristian
Kersting, Jakob Macke, Betty Mohler